Name: Jarel Elder
School: West Chester University
Position: Running Back
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
Goals heading into the season were to win a conference championship and then a national championship.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Playmaker. Consistent. Reliable.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
I’m currently training at TEST Football Academy. Between the combine training and positional work, I’ll be working to minimize any flaws in my game and maximize my versatility.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
My main focus begins with the tendencies of the D-Line and Linebackers. Looking for different cues guys use when stunting or blitzing makes my reads that much easier. Hows the Linebacker’s pass coverage. Defensive alignments and exit points for certain plays. Also, I love studying great Running Backs. To see what made Barry Sanders so great and what makes Le’veon Bell so great are things that I try to implement into my game.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
A willingness to work. A desire to continue to learn about the game. Ability to play anywhere on the field, not just at Running Back, but also Slot Receiver and kick return.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Some people have a different personality as a competitor and in their personal and professional lives, but I feel an attribute that has enhanced my role as a successful athlete is the fact that my football personality is completely parallel with my personality off the field. Whether in school, sports, family life or jobs, I’ve always put a lot of pressure on myself to replicate my core values and beliefs in all settings. This includes a driven work ethic, constantly proving myself, seeking out ways to better myself, setting an example by being an accountable leader and trying to be selfless in my interactions, whether it’s between teammates, coaches, or co workers.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
Look beyond the size. You will get someone that’s been working and will continue to work. There’s not a chance that you could lose on this investment. I’ve excelled past every bar that other people set for me because my bar for myself is higher than any limit someone else could set for me.